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My History....

Posted: August 28, 2013 10:28 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

My great grandfather, M. Edwin Schillay, or Eddie as everyone called him, was an accountant here in New York City.  During the late 1930s / early 1940s one of his clients, an antique dealer, suggested that he would be a great fit in the antique business and should try it out.  My great grandfather gave it a go…he began booking trips to Europe, buying groups of paintings in bulk, packing them in 7 x 7 x 10 foot containers (which would hold 400 – 500 paintings), shipped them back to a New York rental space in the Manhattan Storage Warehouse and would sell them upon arrival.  ...


"Young Woman Picking Flowers" by Daniel Ridgeway Knight

Collecting Daniel Ridgway Knight Paintings

Posted: August 23, 2013 11:14 Last Updated: | Kenny Ackerman

Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia to Quaker parents in 1839. He began studying art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and later in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  During his education, some of his fellow classmates were such notable artists and influencers as Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Everett Shinn, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Knight is best known for his extraordinary ability to paint the human figure, in particular his French peasant subjects.  He was first persuaded to paint this subject while studying under the realist painter, Jean-L...


Everett Shinn "Curtain Call"

Everett Shinn and The Ashcan School Philosophy

Posted: August 23, 2013 11:10 Last Updated: | Kenny Ackerman

Turn of the century America saw a shift in focus from rural life to city life. Painters like Everett Shinn were chroniclers of this change. Everett Shinn was an American artist born in New Jersey in 1876. He began his career as a newspaper illustrator, working for such publications as The Philadelphia Press, The World, andHarper’s Weekly. While Shinn was atPhiladelphia Press, he befriendedWilliam Glackens, George Luks, and John Sloan. They influenced Shinn to bring the grittier side of urban living to the forefront of his work and were future m...


William Baziotes, Abstraction, 1943

AMERICAN MODERNIST DRAWINGS

Posted: August 13, 2013 10:07 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

ON VIEW THROUGH AUGUST 28 AMERICAN MODERNIST DRAWINGS Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM Link to view exhibition: http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_art.pl?artist=american   Works by WILLIAM BAZIOTES FRED BECKER CHARLES BURCHFIELD HANS BURKHARDT EDMOND CASARELLA HOWARD DAUM DOROTHY DEHNER SUE FULLER MORRIS GRAVES PETER GRIPPE THEODORE HAUPT FANNIE HILLSMITH KAI KLITGAARD DOROTHY BROWDY KUSHNER    HUGH MESIBOV ANGELO PINTO BERNARD ROSENQUIT ANNE RYAN LOUIS SCHANKER JUDITH SHAHN ...


1981 Delorean.

Summer Heat Brings the Cool to Clarke Auction July 22nd.

Posted: July 21, 2013 15:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

      With the summer heat wave reaching its peak this weekend in the Northeast, Clarke Auction hopes to break the weather’s trend with some exceptionally cool lots in their sale on Monday July 22nd at 5pm.       A featured item in the sale is the ultra-cool 1981 Delorean to be sold without reserve at an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000 on July 22nd. Ironic how the ‘80s icon of style is considered cool since the body is made of stainless steel and has been displayed in front of the Larchmont auction gallery for the past week during the recent heat wave.  I...


Peggy Bacon, Not Yet Open (Too Early), Wellfleet, 1952

PEGGY BACON in Wellfleet

Posted: June 18, 2013 15:21 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Peggy Bacon & The Creation of Fine Prints in Mid-Twentieth Century Wellfleet is on view at the Wellfleet Public Library, Cape Cod, MA, June 8 through 28, 2013. Bacon made drypoints in Wellfleet in 1952 and 53. Two collectors have generously pooled their resources to compile a stunning show of charming, relevant, and extremely scarce material, for the perfect Cape Cod summer show.


William Baziotes, Young Clown, 1944-46

San Francisco Report

Posted: June 06, 2013 08:34 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The artMRKT San Francisco fair, May 16th through 19th, was wonderful.  Of course, it’s hard to beat a pier in that sticks hundreds of feet into the harbor – a site that comes equipped with sea lions (actually lounging, playing, roaring, near pier 39), sailboats of all ages, sunsets, and unbelievable views of the Golden Gate. The fair was extremely well attended throughout and we were on our toes the entire weekend.  Special highlights for us in booth 125 were two William Baziotes pictograph-era (mid-1940s) paintings. These made a great installation with the full wall of ...


John Leslie Breck (1860–1899) Early Snow, 1894.  Oil on canvas.  18¼ x 22 inches (approx.) Signed and dated lower left: John Leslie Breck / 1894.  Available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York

Bidders Beware: American Art Sales Yield Strong Results

Posted: June 05, 2013 21:42 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

Last month's American art auctions in New York confirmed the market's accelerating recovery. Critics may point out disappointing lots, but as an eager buyer I can assure you that it was exceedingly difficult to acquire the most desirable work. This is a market that consists of well-informed collectors, determined to purchase paintings that represent the best efforts by important artists. If you were in the auction room when those coveted works were offered, you could immediately sense the enthusiasm as you witnessed competitive bidding. We must be careful not to judge the market by the lot...


Katharine McCollum Gallagher, The Dolls' New Home, 1929, gouache, 13 x 10 inches

Families/Cities SHIFT -- NOW ON VIEW

Posted: April 11, 2013 12:43 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Families/Cities SHIFT is on view at the Susan Teller Gallery from April 5 through May 11, 2013. Reception for Kitty Leech, Gwyneth Leech, Jody Pinto, and Anna Pinto: Saturday, April 13, from 4 to 6 PM. In conjunction with the Ideas City Festival, sponsored by the New Museum. This exhibition concerns nine artists from two families, the Gallagher-Leeches and the Pintos, whose histories converge over the decades, from the New Deal Era through today. Both began in Philadelphia, summered in New Jersey, and made the transition to New York. Besides the geographical parallels, the familie...


William Baziotes, White Bird, 1950, The McNay Art Museum.

San Antonio Review, March 2013

Posted: March 17, 2013 16:24 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The 2013 McNay Art Museum Fair was early this year, March 2 and 3. It was in the high 60s or low 70s everyday and just beautiful. Ours was the booth between the entrance doors. In particular there was interest in work by William Baziotes, Peggy Bacon, Franz Kline, Angelo Pinto, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, and Helen A. Strojny. The fair is located just across the hall from the mid-century American room -- we could practically see Baziotes’ White Bird of 1950, from our booth. With a few hours to play tourist we visited the site of the nineteenth-century Pearl Brewing Company. Currently ...


Fred Shane, Quandary, 1974, mixed media on masonite, 16 x 24 inches

PROCESS AND PAINTING, on view through Saturday, February 23

Posted: February 19, 2013 08:54 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

PAINTINGS WITH RELATED PREPARATORY WORKS RIVA HELFOND FANNIE HILLSMITH ANGELO PINTO FRED SHANE Use this link to view entire show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/susanteller/sets/72157632725455639/ IN THE ALLEY GALLERY: WILLIAM BAZIOTES SURREALIST DRAWINGS OF THE 1930S, CONTINUED Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/susanteller/sets/72157631962211728/    


William Baziotes, Woman with Mirror, about 1936

Report from Miami, December, 2012

Posted: December 10, 2012 11:51 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

It was terrific to be at INK Miami – this past Wednesday through Sunday. The days were in the 70s, sometimes cloudy, with occasional sun showers. Maps showed either twenty-one or twenty-four fairs, more or less even divided between Miami and Miami Beach.  INK Miami was at the Suites of Dorchester Hotel on Collins Avenue at 19th Street – essentially the center of the Miami Beach Art Fair World.The show was well attended, right through the days, and the visitors were knowledgeable. Several high school and college groups came through -- they were always a lot of fun to talk to and...


William Baziotes, Split Figure, 1936-39

WILLIAM BAZIOTES

Posted: November 28, 2012 10:05 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

William Baziotes: A Centennial Exhibition, Surrealist Drawings of the 1930s, is on view at the Susan Teller Gallery from November 15 through December 29, 2012. (Closed December 2 - 11 for INK Miami.) Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Reading, PA, Baziotes (1912-1963) came to New York City in 1933. He attended the National Academy of Design and graduated in 1936 and then worked on the New Deal Projects. In the late 1930s he met the artists Jimmy Ernst, Gerome Kamrowski, and Matta, with whom he explored Surrealism. In early 1940s he met Jackson Pollock, Andre Masson, and Robert Motherwell, Abs...


Eero Aarnio for Asko Ball Chairs

Back to the Future of Cool: Clarke Auction's Midcentury Selection for November 18th Sale.

Posted: November 14, 2012 13:57 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

  Taking the best of the 1950s and bringing it into the present has become the specialty of Clarke Auction in recent months. Theoretically, time travel has not been invented, but Clarke Auction certainly comes close by bringing midcentury back to the future. Firing up their flux capacitors for Sunday November 18th at 2pm are the top design names of Paul Evans, Mira Nakashima, Eero Aarnio, Paul Kjaerholm, Paul McCobb, Harry Bertoia, Bruno Matheson, Vladimir Kagan, and Karl Springer. Hoping to prove that lightning strikes twice, not only on clock towers, but at auctions as well, P...


Important Bronze, Illegibly Signed

Rebuilding with Art: Clarke Auction's November 18th Sale Provides Renewal After Sandy.

Posted: November 14, 2012 08:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

After Hurricane Sandy, we are all reminded that we may lose our possessions, but we never lose our need to be surrounded by beauty and brightness. A force of nature forces changes in landscape, residence, and environment, so why not a change in what we fill our homes and our lives with? Clarke Auction, Westchester's Premier Auction House, appreciates the severity of destruction that Sandy has left behind, down to a personal level. They also appreciate people's need to rebuild and renew.  On Sunday November 18th, Clarke Auction will provide over 400 lots of beauty and structure in...


New York Print Fair

Posted: October 31, 2012 16:41 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The New York IFPDA Print Fair is scheduled to open tomorrow, postponed from today. Public hours start Friday at Noon. (As it stands now we have not yet moved into the Armory. The Gallery Building is locked up tight. We have big hopes for tomorrow. ) The plan for the Print Fair is a wall of Angelo Pinto wood engravings and etchings, a modernist group with William Baziotes, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Anne Ryan, and Louis Schanker, and a selection of pieces from our Coal & Steel Collection including Michael J. Gallagher's Sunday Evening, 1936.  


Angelo Pinto, Bathers on the Boardway, 1944

Angelo Pinto, A Retrospective, 1928 to 1987: Paintings, Drawings, and The Complete Prints

Posted: October 17, 2012 15:19 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

ANGELO PINTO (1908-1994)   The exhibition, Angelo Pinto, A Retrospective, 1928 to 1987: Paintings, Drawings, and The Complete Prints, is at the Susan Teller Gallery, October 6 through November 8, 2012. Concurrently the Gallery is publishing Angelo Pinto: The Complete Prints, with essays by Maria Pinto Carland, Richard J. Wattenmaker, and Susan Teller.   The entire show may be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/susanteller/sets/72157631668773956/    The career of Angelo Pinto (1908-1994) spans more than six decades, from the late 1920s just to the 19...


Paul Evans Sculptured Dining Table

A Rosewood By Any Other Name : Arne Vodder, Eames, and Evans at Clarke Auction's October 21st Sale.

Posted: October 16, 2012 13:55 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Midcentury Modern furniture has been recently challenging the idea that only fine art is art. The combination of functionality, design foresight, elegance, and edginess has made the midcentury modern market bring fine art numbers at auction over the last several months.     Clarke Auction in Larchmont, NY, Westchester's Premier Auction House, has successfully navigated the rough economy of late by providing its bidders with exceptional midcentury selections in its last several sales. The upcoming Sunday, October 21st sale at Clarke Auction will maintain the reputation for ...


Nakashima Conoid Table

Furniture Friendships : A Midcentury Hangout at Clarke Auction.

Posted: September 20, 2012 11:50 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Springer. Tiffany. Evans. Nakashima. What may sound like a Sunday night baseball lineup is actually more of a midcentury social gathering in Larchmont, NY's Clarke Auction. All of these makers of exceptional furniture and lighting come together at Clarke's upcoming Sunday, September 30th sale to make up an eclectic cast of characters. Nakashima, the creative genius and humble guru of the midcentury social club, brings the natural energy of his Conoid Table...to the table. The Conoid's arborous style, however, proves to be a point of personality conflict with the industrialist of the gr...


Bass and Blues by Ralph Cahoon

Chasing Mermaids: Paintings by Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982)

Posted: September 07, 2012 11:59 Last Updated: | Marine Arts Gallery

Ralph Cahoon was born in Chatham, Massachusetts, (Cape Cod). As a youth his favorite pastime was sketching the waterways. He met his wife Martha and was married in 1932. Both developed a folk art style which they began painting directly on simple furniture pieces. In 1959, Ralph began his famous series of mermaid paintings. These were avidly collected from galleries on Nantucket to Palm Beach, Florida. Even Jacqueline Kennedy purchased two of Ralph's paintings in 1961. Josiah K. Lilly III, an heir to the pharmaceutical fortune was one of Cahoon's most enthusiastic patrons, purchasing ov...


Jasper Cropsey Oil on Canvas

Another Cropsey Discovered in New York.

Posted: September 06, 2012 10:08 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

A fresh to market oil by Hudson River School artist, Jasper Cropsey,  was recently authenticated by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation with the help of Clarke’s Fine Art Specialist, Nelia Moore, and will be put up for auction at Clarke’s Larchmont, NY location on September 10th, 2012. The Cropsey oil had been kept away in a private collection since the mid 1960’s and was unavailable to the market until now. The emergence of this newly discovered Cropsey comes a little more than a year after a Clarke Auction consigner brought in two unknown paintings, which were later verified...


William Baziotes, Figure on Green, 1940

At the Whitney: Signs & Symbols

Posted: August 26, 2012 15:59 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

  Through October 28, 2012 works by WILL BARNET, WILLIAM BAZIOTES, DOROTHY DEHNER, MORRIS GRAVES, and ANNE RYAN, are featured Signs & Symbols, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, NYC.  This show explores the development of American abstraction in the postwar period, from the mid-1940s to the end of the 50s, in paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, and photographs, by more than forty artists. These works are calligraphic, with traces of the figure; together they form a search for a distinctly American aesthetic.  In the New Yo...


Fred Shane, Clam Shell Dredge, 1952

Now on view: COAL & STEEL, SOURCES & USES

Posted: August 04, 2012 07:08 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The exhibition Coal & Steel, Sources & Uses, is on view at the Susan Teller Gallery from July 17 through August 29, 2012.     Paintings and works on paper from 1932 to 1952 by Ida Abelman, Rita Albers, Will Barnet, Fred Becker, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, James Daugherty, Michael J. Gallagher, Hugo Gellert, Blanche Grambs, Peter Grippe, Riva Helfond, Axel Horn, Mervin Jules, Charles Keller, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Hugh Mesibov, Angelo Pinto, Albert Potter, Georges Schreiber, Ben Shahn, Fred Shane, Mitchell Siporin, William E. Smith, Harry Sternberg, Lynd Ward, are in the...


Hugh Mesibov, Girl in Armchair, 1946-47

Day Trip, Philadelphia, July 6, 2012

Posted: July 08, 2012 09:43 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

It was 95 degrees in Philadelphia on Friday, but the humidity must have been low. It was a bright, cloud-free day, and perfectly comfortable, even walking the tree-less blocks between the Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.   PAFA and Dr. Barnes was in its last three days at the Academy. According to curator Robert Cozzolino, Barnes first showed works from his European collection there in 1923.  Included in the PAFA’s show were two works by Angelo Pinto, a large version of Amusement Park, 1935, and a related, smaller study. It’s always great to ...


Fred Becker, Exquisite Corpse, 1960

Fred Becker's Exquisite Corpse

Posted: July 04, 2012 08:26 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The Exquisite Corpse was an artistic idea used by the Surrealists.  Possibly dating to World War I, it took hold in the mid 1920s. Usually more than one person participated.   Participants wrote or drew on a sheet of paper that was folded to conceal the previous contribution and then passed the paper along to the next person. The show at the Museum of Modern Art, on view through July 9, is especially concerned with how the Surrealists used the idea of the Exquisite Corpse to create “fantastic composite figures.”   The American artist, Fred Becker (1913-2004), made a...